The Truth Behind the White Lighter

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White lighters frighten stoners around the world; some even refuse to participate in a toke session if one is present. Of course, there are always the non-believers that are more than willing to use a white lighter. What exactly is the truth behind the white lighter curse? Should you be worried?

Well, “the white lighter curse” has two origins.

Origin 1

Four extremely talented artists (Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain) were part of what’s called the “27 club”. The 27 club is a group of influential musicians who all happened to pass away at the age of 27. There are conspiracy theories that involve these artists making deals with the devil to acquire fame and success. However, these so-called deals expired at the age of 27. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain all died at the age of 27. All four individuals were left-handed and according to each autopsy, they all had white lighters in their possession.

Origin 2


The first Bic lighters were introduced in 1973. Black and white were the only colors available for purchase at the time. Today, no matter what color Bic lighter you own, the bottom is white. Back in 73’ it was a different story. The only lighter with a white bottom was the white lighter. Ganja smokers typically use the bottom of a lighter to pack a bowl or press down ash to slow the burn. Apparently police officers back in the 70’s made it a habit to examine the bottom part of lighters. If you were in possession of a white lighter with black ash residue on the bottom then it gave officers probable cause to search your vehicle or home. Bullshit, I know.

These are the origins of “the white lighter curse”. Although I’m sure you have heard some crazy stories from friends or online forums. Like A $900 bong being shattered, a buddy getting arrested or maybe your girlfriend cheated on you. I’ve had many experiences involving the devious Blanco ligero myself so I am a firm believer.

But the fact of the matter is that this could just be a massive coincidence. Just like in 1895 when the only two cars in the entire state of Ohio crashed into each other. But because of the personal experiences I’ve had and stories I’ve heard I’d rather take my chances at the casino. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you pull out a white lighter and I’m present don’t be surprised if it ends up out the window. A petition to ban the sale of these bad boys wouldn’t be a bad idea in my opinion. If I were you I wouldn’t risk it, just say no to white lighters!

Written by: Jesse Rosa

Edited by: Patrick Thompson

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